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Mason City Globe-Gazette (Newspaper) - May 11, 1948, Mason City, Iowa NORTH IOWAS DAILY PAPER EDITED FOR THE HOME THE NEWSPAPER THAT MAKES ALT NORTH IOWANS NEIGHBORS HOME EDITION and United Press Fuii Lease Wires Five Cents a Copy Army Takes Over Job of Running Rails as Unions Bow to Court Injunction MASON CITY IOWA TUESDAY MAY 11 1948 Secretary Royall boss of the railroads man Tuesday he will name a union management advasory board to help him run them in i to a news conference that are operating Y a fashlonBans against shipment of perishable such ub juestock and fresh were lifted Most railroads put on iucn oans last weekend because of the strike called by 3 operating brotherhoods for 6 a m local railroad time Tuesday o i i Roya11 was talking with reporters at the Pentagon build mg leaders of the 3 unions were holding their own news conference at a downtown hotel The points they made 1 Only a wage settlement can entirely remove the possibility of a rail strike Arthur J Glover president of the switchmens un ion said emphatically that the antistrike court order secured by the government was what stopped a walkout seizure of the roads alone would not have stopped a strike 2 They are looking now to Royall to settle their wage dispute David B Robertson head of the firemen and enginemen said These carriers railroad manage ment are out of the picture 3 They hold considerable re sentment because of the govern ments moves Glover said Now management knows that every time they get in a dog fight the government will step in and act as a strike breaking agent Alvanley Johnston chief of the engineers said the union men made many concessions in the long and fruitless white house ne gotiations for a settlement Among other things he said they agreed to recommend that their members accept a 15J cents an hour wage increase That was proposed by a presidential factfinding board and first rejected by the unions The white house negotiations broke down over questions of op erating rules Most ot these rules affect the amount of take home Ray the train crews get Await Wage Decision The 3 union leaders said thev are waiting to hear from Royall what he proposes about the wage dispute Royall told his news conference that ior the time being the army will make no attempt to settle the dispute He has set up 7 railroad regions and put each in command of a civilian railroad president All were made army colonels will get a colonels pay and must give up their railroad pay The army intends only to su pervise rail operations leaving dej tails to the carriers themselves he said Comply With Order The rail unions called off the threatened strike in compliance with a court order from Justice T Alan federal judge who twice lined John L Lewis for contempt in mine strikes But the long and bitter railroad case is not ended Goldsboroughs temporary re straining order a typo of in junction expires May 19 8 days from Tuesday The judge set a hearing for that date on the gov ernments request for a longer in junction The 3 unions will have their chance then to fight back There were other question marks too President Truman had to seize the railroads to ward of C the strike How would it deal with the unions When could it turn the proper ties back to their owners without risking a new deadlock and an ac tual strike Dispute Not Settled The 11 month old dispute over wages and working rules is not settled Presidential Assistant John H Steelman had labored for days to persuade the railroad operators and the unions io come to an agreement But he failed and Mondays seizure order was the result Arabs Want Jaffa Made Open City Jerusalem military leaders in Palestine rocked by 2 major defeats within the past 24 hours have sought to save the big port city of Jaffa from Jewish capture by declaring it an open city it was reported Tuesday A dispatch from Tel Aviv said the Aab emergency committee sought British intervention with Jewish Haganah commanders to declare Jaffa an open city It was the Jews refused Under the Arab plan Jaffa would be removed as an objective from any final struggle for Pal estine after the British lay their mandate at midnight Friday Jaffa a city of 101580 before the partition plan was announced has been ringed by Jewish forces from neighboring Tel Aviv It has been reported completely evacu ated oy Arab civilians Jaffa was saved from Jewish capture by British troops who halted a com bined HaganahIrgun Zvai Leumi offensive The Arab proposal to declare Jaffa an open city reportedly stated that there were no Arab military forces left in the city Myrrh one of the gifts of the Wise Men to the Christ Child is still used as a drug in the United States Meat Strike Extended to Iowa Plants By The Associated Press Although rebuffed by their CIO stock handlers affiliate at Sioux City Iowa United Packinghouse workers Tuesday extended their strike to 4 more plants employing a total of about 1100 workers The rebuff at Sioux City was in the form of an 818 vote by the stock handlers in which they de clined to join the proposed strike of stockyards workers at 6 termi nal markets A similar rejection occurred at Chicago late Monday night The 4 small Iowa plants being shut down Tuesday were Tobin firms at Fort Dodge and Esther ville and the Des Moines and Issue Settled Chicago Armour and company one of the 4 big struck meat packers announced Tues day We regard the strike issue as settled because Morkers are comingback in ever increasing numbers Commenting on the companys backtowork report Kalph Helstein president of the striking CIO United racking house workers said This is of the same character as previous company statements which arc not intended to give the facts but arc merely attempts at strike breaking At this time of the year the Armour statement said the work force in the struck plants normally ranges between 20000 to 24000 Be ginning Tuesday the force totals 8100 exclusive of supervisory staff This is a gain of 3400 since the workers last were invited to return to their jobs about 10 days ago Bookey plants in Des Moines The Fort Dodge plant employs 900 the Esthervillc plant 125 and the 2 Des Moines plants a total of about 75 Offers Butchers At Mason City Art Costello chairman of the strike strategy committee of Local 38 UPWA CIO sent a wire to President Tru man offering him the services ot a pair of skilled butchers to take care of the hogs which were shipped to the president by 2 Iowa farmers a week ago The shipments should be there by this time Costello said and the president will be needing some butchers All else was quiet on the Mason City strike front with the union reporting that no additional strikebreakers had entered the Jacob E Decker plant The Decker management would not discuss the number of men in the strikebound plant but did say that slaughter is still running 50 per cent of normal for this time of year arid next week will be not less than 75 per cent A company spokesman also ad mitted that 3 Pullman cars which were pushed into the plant on its switch rack off the M and St L railroad will be used for sleeping quarters There are enough work ers being housed and fed in the plant so that the sleeping quarters for an additional 300 men were needed it was explained Deadline Gone Meantime A T Stephens dis trict CIOUPWA director as serted the backtowork dead line set by the packing companies has come and maneuver was failure so far as inducing any im portant number of our members to go back Io their jobs is con cerned Stephens had no immedi ate comment on the adverse stock handlers vote at Sioux City In Estherville and Fort Dodge the strike extension was some what more fully under way At Fort Dodge some Tobin employes were at work temporarily to pro cess meat and avoid spoilage Pickets at Estherville At Estherville 16 pickets were on duty at 1 Tobin gate and 3 other gates were locked Salaried workers maintenance men and en gineers were being admitted by pass cards and all was quiet There was 1 shipment of sheep in the pens They had been in transit when the plant ceased livestock purchases In Sioux City President Richard Cleveland of the Stock Handlers local said negotiations for a wage increase would continue The Chi cago handlers called off their an nounced strike aiter getting a 6 cents nn hour wage boost They had asked 12 cents Slaughtering of Iambs was scheduled to start Tuesday at the Swift plant in Sioux City This Paper Consists ot Two One NO m gone and the a complete Operation Normal in Railroads Speedy Notice to Call Off Strike Averts Confusion Chicago threat of a rail strike sidetracked operations swung back to normal Tuesday over Americas vast railroad net work and in embargoharried in dustries The cancelled 6 a m local standard time deadline passed in all 4 time zones without a single reported break in railroad serv ice From railroad headquarters everywhere came the same report Operations normal Leaders of 3 operating brother hoods in Washington called off their scheduled strike at p m EST Monday night in com pliance with a federal court order They telegraphed this Word to their locals throughout the coun try In New York local union officials received the cancellation order at a m less than 4 hours before the deadline See Confusion Several railroad officials pre dicted the lateness of the cancel lation might cause some confusion or delay However as a spokes man for the Long Island railroad in New York remarked appar the union did an excellent job of informing its members about the return to work Cancellation of the strike had or expected to have these principal effects almost immedi ately 1 Embargoes by 88 class one railroads banning shipment of perishable foods and livestock were lifted 2 Thousands of laid off workers in the CaliforniaFlorida fruit and vegetable industries and in shipping agencies will be recalled o Prices of vegetables and fruits which skyrocketed in the wholesale markets over the week end are expected to return to normal levels with resumption oi shipments Several roads cancelled embar goes at once when the government seized the roads Monday Some lines ditched plans for curtailing service in preparation for a strike relying on the seizure order to maintain operations Many segments of industry were braced for a paralyzing blow when the strike cancellation ord er came through Big steel mills and coal mines had announced plans to furlough workers for the duration o the strike Many industries their eon I stock piles still depleted by the recent coal strike had announced plans to halt or sharply curtail operations One theory is that the manna of the Bible was lichen blown for hundreds of miles by the wind Truman Says No Chang US Policy With Russia Senate Body Voted Draft for 19 to 25 Washington 7P The senate armed services committee Tues day approved a draft of men 19 to 25 for 1he armed services The legislation also provides for training 161000 18yearold vol unteers Southern senators tried to get in a race segragation amendment but the committee voted it down Offeretl by Senator Russell D it proposed to give every enlisted man in the army navy marines and air forces the right to ask service only in a unit of his own race1 The decision to let the IByear olds volunteer for training re versed an earlier view that they must bb taken by lot because they would avoid a longer 2year term imposed on men 19 through 25 years by the stopgap draft Also in the uapilol the house passed a compromise bill designed to build up a 70group air force Only senate approval is needed now to send the air force measure to President Truman Set Chrysler Walkout for Wednesday Detroit CIO United Auto Workers Tuesday set 10 am Wednesdti3r as the hour for 73000 Chrysler Corporation production employes to strike Norman Matthews UAW direc tor for the Chrysler department said he was prepared to negotiate for a wage settlement with the company until p m Tuesday on union demands for a 30cent pay increase Matthews announced the strike deadline while federal and state labor mediators were closeted with Chrysler officials in an ef fort to reach a basis for renewed bargaining Both sides have clung to their positions since they reached a deadlock April 16 The union is prepared to ne gotiate until Tuesday night Matthews said At that time we have to report to the National UAW Chrysler conference on what has happened in negotiations DOG WINS FIGHT FOR LIFELaddie collie the tacc of his owner Miss Barbara Scanlon after the town fathers of Winstcd Conn ruled the dog allegedly suffer ing from shell shock could go back to his owner but under close confinement Winstccl Conn hart his life Tuesday but was under sentence to a lifetime of confine ment and close supervision Neighbors sought Laddies des truction charging in their petition to the selectmen that the 2year old collie pet of Barbara Scanlon was vicious and dangerous be cause it had bitten a newsboy on the porch of the Scanlon home here 2 weeks ago The selectmen ruled the clog was not vicious but nervous The lawny blacknosed dog wont on trial for his life before the board of selectmen Monday night in a jampacked hearing room tnat was lighted brilliantly by photographers floodlights and tense with partisan feeling the 3hour hearing was finished the selectmen ruled that Laddie could go back to its owner with the stipulation that Miss Scanlon keep the dog fenced in while at home and on a leash or chain when it moved about the town with her TOIL AND work to free Michael Plantemura Jr whose leg became caught in a cement drain pipe in Bridgeport Conn Monday afternoon Curiosity got the best of Michael and he got caught when he pushed his footinto the pipe Drake Bans Daylight Kisses Des Moines university coeds agreed Tuesday to stop kissing on the daylight They insisted that only a few of the more amorous girls had been too public in their necking But they agreed that Leona Ander son university womens dormitory counsellor was right in calling a halt to kissing the boys on tho dormitory front steps in daylight Miss Anderson called sorority officers together and asked them to cooperate in stopping the overaffectionate conduct of some sorority members Barbara Boreman Des Moines president of Chi Omega sorority said We took it up in a chapter meeting and all of us agreed that it doesnt look very nice to be clinching on the campus in daylight Miss Anderson said she wasnt trying to be a killjoy But she said the campus looks better now that the students are less demonstrative Dixie Demos Ready to Hold Own Southern Convention Jackson Miss themJ democrats Tuesday were ready to hold their own Dixie convention in Birmingham Ala on July 17 if the national party convention adopts a civil rights platform plank In a states rights conference here Monday some 1500 south ern party leaders resolved to urge every state below the Mason Dixon line to choose convention delegates and electors pledged to publicy repudiate President Trumans civil rights program Shouts Hail Passage The resolution passed with ap parent unanimity amid shouting and stamping of feet included provisions for the Birmingham convention in case the national party nominates Mr Truman or any other candidate with similar civi rights views The date for lie provisional Dixie meeting was set for just one week after the national con vention begins at Philadelphia July 12 Eleven states were represented at the oneday meeting here Bui most delegations were unofficial and it was questionable exactly how many of the states actually would walk out on the party ff it chooses a civil rights nominee Endorse Split South Carolina Mississippi Arkansas and Alabama appeared definitely committed to the split as their state democratic execu tive chairmen endorsed the reso lution Alabama in fact already has chosen a slate of delegates and electors pledged to oppose Mr Truman Texas and Tennessee also ap peared committed Texas was rep resented by 3 men said to be au thorized spokesmen of Gov Beau ford Jester and Col Ronne War ing pledged Tennessees full co operation on behalf of powerful political leader Ed Crump Georgia Withdraws Georgia on the other hand served notice that it would have no part of a party split State democratic chairman James S Peters withdrew from active par ticipation in the meeting when the resolution was adopted and remained merely as an observer Delegations from Florida North Carolina Virginia and Louisiana sal in their allotted sections be neath their respective banners but took little part in proceedings Site Fixed for Power Project Plant to Be South of Humboldt Humboldt new Corn belt Power cooperative a 000 rural electrification adminis tration project will be built south of here at the forks of the East and West Des Moines rivers it was announced Tuesday The project is a merger of the Central Electric Federated roop erativc Pocahontas and the Fed erated CoOperative Power asso ciation Hampton If will supply 30000 farms in 20 counties with electricity Weather Report FORECAST Mason City Slowly decreasing cloudiness and cool Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy and a little warmer Low Tues day night near 38 High Wed nesday fiS Iowa Partly cloudy northwest and mostly cloudy east and south portions Tuesday night Wednesday partly cloudy Con tinued cool but slightly higher afternoon temperatures Wed nesday Scattered light frost ex treme northwest Tuesday night Low Tuesday night 40 to 4o ex cept 34 to 38 in extreme north west Pligh Wednesday 54 to 58 Iowa 5day weather outlook Temperatures will average 5 to 10 degrees below normal Nor mal highs near 70 Normal lows near 4G Cool Wednesday turning a little warmer Thurs day and Thursday night Cooler again with more rain Friday and Saturday Continued cool Sunday Total precipitation will average onehalf to one inch Minnesota Partly cloudy Tues day night and Wednesday Con tinued rather cool IN MASON CITY GlobeGazette weather statistics for 24 hour period ending at 8 oclock Tuesday morning Maximum 40 Minimum 42 At 8 a m Tuesday 44 Precipitation Trace YEAR AGO Maximum 19 Minimum 44 Stassen to Meet Dewey in Debate Gov Thorns Bend Ore UR F Dewey of New old E Stasieu agreed Tuesday to debate at Portland Ore this wclc theSC month on Stassens proposal to No Meeting of 2 Powers in Prospect Views of Ambassador Smith to Molotov Sets Off Flurry of Hopes Washington Truman indicated Tuesday that he does not share Moscows belief that this country has come up with an offer of a 2power meeting on sovietAmerican relations The president said in a state ment that a recent expression of views by U S Ambassador Wal ter Bedell Smith in Moscow rep resented no new departure in American policy Russians were told by their newspapers that this country had suggested a 2power meeting to discuss the state of sovietAmeri can relations and that Russia had accepted Deny Meeting Neither Mr Truman nor the state department however gave any support to the idea that such a meeting was in prospect Smiths statement was given to Foreign Minister Molotov on May 4 Its purpose Mr Truman said in a formal statement was to make it unmistakably clear that the United States has no hostile or aggressive designs whatsoever with respect to the Soviet Union The presidents statement did not indicate whether the note of Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith to Molotov May 4 might be con strued as an American proposal for discussion and settlement of existing differences between the 2 nations The 2 main points of the state Mr Truman said outlaw the communist party It was the first time during the current campaign that 2 can didates for the republican presi dential nomination have commit ted themselves to a verbal clash on the same platform Advances Return Stassen announced lie would return to Oregon Wednesday in stead of Friday and his Oregon campaign manager Robert Elliott proposed that clay for the debate He said a Portland ice arena has been engaged for the occasion The proposed date is subject to the approval of the Dcwey camp At present the New York gover nors schedule calls for a radio talk at Pendleton Ore that day Stassens decision to return to Oregon May 12 is the 2nd change in his schedule Originally he planned to arrive Monday but he announced Monday he would fly here Friday instead Deweys headquarters said the former Minnesota governors de cision to return early was an act of desperation and panic Spokes men for Dcwey said he has made heavy inioads into Stassens strength throughout the state Accepts Dcwey wired President Peter Odegard oC Recri college Monday night his acceptance of the offer to discuss the communist question with Stassen While I usually disapprove per sonal debate between republicans because they tend to weaken and divide our party Deweys wire said I regard the proposal to outlaw the communist party so dangerous to our freedom that think a full discussion of it is essential The whole future of our free institutions is involved1 Dewey said he authorized John C Higgins of Portland to arrange the debate with Stassen or his representative The full hour dis cussion will be broadcast Stassen Says Q K Stasson who made the proposal that American communists be outlawed wired from Washington Monday that he would accept the invitation to a joint appearance with Dewey under the sponsor ship of Reed college The communist proposal has been the foremost campaign issue between Stassen and Dewey iii the Oregon presidential primary campaign They are alone in the race for the states 12 delegates to the national republican con vention V Bishop Daly Arrives Des Moines Edward Daly of Washington and his party arrived in DCS Moines by train early Tuesday morning after their scheduled air lines flight was grounded in Chicago Because of inclement weather United Air Lines which was to get the party into Des Moines at Monday night cancelled the flight Daly is to be consecrated Thursday as the new head of the Roman Catholic diocese in DCS Moines 1 The policies of the United States government in internation al questions have been made am ply clear in recent months and weeks They have the support of the overwhelming majority of the American people They will con tinue to be vigorously and firm ly prosecuted 2 On the other hand this gov ernment wishes to make it un mistakably clear that the United States has no hostile or aggressive designs whatsoever to the Soviet Union with respect tn a response Sunday to Smiths statement radio Moscow said the Soviet Union is ready to pursue a policy of peace and cooperation with the United States The Soviet further interpreted the Smith note as a bid for dis cussion and settlement with Rus sia of differences which have split the postwar world Molotov Agrees The Moscow broadcast said Molotov had agrepd to the pro posal for talks ascribed to the United States The state department Tuesday disclosed that Smith gave Molotov a 500word oral response to the Soviet foreign ministers reply to the original American note At no point in this latest move in Moscow did Smith encourage any hope on the part of the Rus sians that the American govern ment would enter at this time into negotiations with the Rus sians for an overall settlement of differences between the 2 coun tries What Smith said originally was that it was hoped to find the basis of a decent and reasonable re lationship between the Soviets and Americans He added that the door is always wide open ior full discussion and the compos ing of our differences Apparently the state depart ments purpose in making Smiths latest statement TO Molotov pub lic was to try to show that the U S i not proposing to compro mise its policy at any point in seeking a settlement with Russia Seek MeetingBasis And since Russia in its note was officially regarded here as show ing no tendency to compromise American officials said that they had difficulty at Ihis time in try ing to discover on what basis a meeting might bo usefully held SAME WftiU ;